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Facebook may employ swimming servers in 2013
Facebook, the world’s largest and leading social networking website may go for another innovation driven approach in the coming year 2013. It may employ swimming servers in the year 2013 and may save a lot of operating costs by eliminating cooling solutions to a major extent.
As per the latest reports, the social networking company is conducting tests in which servers are being submerged in dielectric fluid (like transformer oils). The IT team of Facebook Tin Tse and Veerendra Mulay went for an infrastructure hack this week and tested a server’s performance by immersing it in the mineral Oil.
The liquid cooling test was done by the Facebook engineering team’s favorite hacks from 2012 and it is disclosed that the test was successful. The team successfully deployed the server in the mineral oil and the server worked above the temperature of 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
Presently, there is no official confirmation from the team that Facebook may deploy immersion cooling techniques in coming days in order to produce large savings on infrastructure. However, this immersion cooling technique is in the nascent stage and so Facebook may continue in going through a series of tests in order to come to a final conclusion.
Intel has already embraced the submerging of servers in oil technique and adopted this theory from 2010 and drove it through a series of tests in the past 32 months. Intel as a part of Green revolution cooling has confirmed that by dipping servers in oil, high efficiency can be achieved along with the safety. Presently, Intel is still continuing to test this technology at its data center located in New Mexico. It is yet to officially mark its readiness to adopt the submerged servers operating technology on an official note.
Meanwhile, the Green Data Center industry is in a strong hope that if Intel and Facebook endorse this technology, then many companies may come forward in employing this technique and may gain a lot of financial savings in further proceedings.
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